Gluten Free Apple Dessert


This Gluten Free Apple Dessert is just what you need to finish off a delicious home-cooked meal! A quick and easy recipe, made with Granny Smith Apples and topped with sweet cinnamon. This recipe for gluten free apple dessert is easy to make and tastes amazing. The tart apple and cinnamon pairing is absolutely delicious. What’s even better than that? This apple crisp is completely gluten free.

Apple Pie Blondies {Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Option}

Super easy gluten-free Apple Pie Blondies are a soft, blonde brownie topped with delicious cinnamon apples and maple vanilla glaze. 

gluten-free apple pie blondies with red apples in the back ground.

Apple Recipes

It’s still super hot here in North Florida, but that’s not keeping me from baking my favorite fall goodies. As soon as September hits, I am all about apples.

I love how versatile apples are in cooking. They can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.

My husband is a cake versus pie guy, so I decided to combine the best of both worlds. You get the apple filling goodness of pie and the sweet cakey flavor of a blondie.

Nine gluten-free apple pie blondies on white parchment paper and a cutting board with three red apples in the background.

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Blondies In A Few Easy Steps

First, preheat oven to 350º F degrees. Then Spray the 8×8 square baking pan with gluten-free non-stick cooking spray or line the baking pan with parchment paper and coat the bottom and sides with gluten-free nonstick cooking spray or butter.

Pro Tip:

  • I always line the baking pan with parchment paper and coat the bottom and sides with gluten-free nonstick cooking spray or butter. It makes getting the blondies out of the pan a breeze. I just lift the blondies out of the pan carefully with the parchment paper, place on a cutting board and then cut them into slices. 
  • Always bake with ingredients that are at room temperature. Cold ingredients do not mix as well with room-temperature ingredients.
gluten-free apple pie blondies recipe step photos 1-5

Peel, core and dice apples into small pieces. I like to use my apple slicer. (photo 1)

In a small pan add butter, apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Cook over medium heat until butter and sugar is melted.

Stir the diced apples to fully coat the apples in the butter sauce.

Allow the butter sauce to come to a slight boil for a few minutes. When the apples will become soft, remove from heat. (photo 2)

In a large bowl cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. (photo 3)

Add eggs and pure vanilla extract and beat with your mixer until ingredients are fully combined. (photo 4)

Add the cinnamon, baking powder, xanthan gum (leave out if your flour blend already has it) and gluten-free flour and mix until ingredients are fully combined. The blondie batter will be sticky. (photo 5)

gluten-free apple pie blondies recipes steps photos 6-10

Pour the blondie batter into the parchment-lined pan. (photo 6) Pour the apple filling on top of the blondie batter and spread to cover evenly. (photo 7)

Bake for 35-45 minutes. Please watch your blondies because all ovens are different.

The sides on the blondies will start to pull away from the sides and they will be golden brown. You can also check by inserting a toothpick into the center comes out clean.

Allow the blondies to cool for one hour before adding the glaze. If the blondies are too hot the glaze will just melt.

In a small bowl combine the ingredients for the vanilla maple glaze. Whisk until the glaze forms and is smooth. (photo 8)

Drizzle glaze on top of warm apple pie blondies. (photo 9)

Remove the blondies from the pan by carefully lifting them up with the parchment paper. Cut by rows. It will make 9 large slices. (photo 10) Enjoy!

Store in an air-tight container and refrigerate. I actually like them best cold.

Gluten-Free Flour

I like Pillsbury gluten-free flourNot all gluten-free flours are created equal. You may experience different baking results depending on the gluten-free flour blend you choose.

Dairy-Free Baking

I have also included a dairy-free option to my gluten-free Apple Blondies recipe.  My husband, my youngest son, and I are all dairy-free. I promise it is just as delicious made with the dairy-free butter.

Some of my favorite dairy-free alternatives that I like to bake with are almond, cashew or coconut milk. I also like baking with coconut oil or Earth Balance or Smart Balance butter.

gluten-free apple pie blondies with a biet out of it to show the texture. The blondie is on parchment paper and a cutting board with red apples in the background.

Apple Pie Blondies are super easy to make. I like to bake with either Red Delicious, Honey Crisps, Gala or Granny Smith Apples, but any type of apple will work beautifully in this recipe.

The apple pie filling and blondies batter are quickly whipped together. The vanilla maple glaze complements the flavors of the Apple Pie Blondie perfectly.

All the flavor of apple pie combined with a soft blondie cake.

Easy Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

Easy as gluten-free. Gluten-free apple crisp that is! Truth be told, it’s actually secretly vegan too but you wouldn’t even know it because apple crisp is 1000% delicious. There’s something truly comforting about a freshly baked apple crisp. And seeing as the weather is cooling rapidly, I relished every warm bite of this tasty fall treat.

A close up shot of a large scoop of baked golden brown apple crisp on a bright white plate with a spoon in it.

Easy Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

Warm scents of cinnamon and apple wafting through the open oven door. The bubbling of caramelized brown sugar around the toasted edges of the golden-brown oat crisp top. Soft juicy apples that burst with autumn delight in every single bite. This is everything apple crisp and more. The best part, it’s easily gluten-free and even vegan!

What Is Apple Crisp

According to Canadian Living, apple crisp is a baked fruit dessert topped with a layer of crisp and crunchy ingredients. That sounds about right to me! It’s quick, easy, and totally delicious. The bottom consists of peeled, sliced, and spiced apples. On top, is a layer of crispy/crunchy oats, brown sugar, and flour baked to utter scrumptious perfection.

A white dish full of golden brown apple crisp sitting on a table with green apples and oats

What Apples Are Best For Apple Crisp

Here’s where things get a bit particular. Each person has their own preference. So, I’ll start by saying my way is not the highway. Just my own personal opinion, k. I prefer using all tart apples, such as a Granny Smith or Honeycrisp. These varieties are often quite firm which hold up well to baking. I’m all for experimenting though so give it a whirl with what you got.

How To Make Apple Crisp Gluten-Free

To make an apple crisp gluten-free is far easier than you might think. First, swap out the regular flour for a 1:1 gluten-free baking blend. You’ll want to make sure it contains xanthan gum which provides the elasticity that gluten would normally do.

Second, grab certified gluten-free rolled oats. Oats, while naturally are gluten-free, are often processed with machinery and in facilities that work with gluten, so making sure the oats are certified gluten-free is a must to be on the safe side.

A close up shot of a large scoop of baked golden brown apple crisp on a bright white plate with a spoon in it.

How To Make Apple Crisp Vegan

This, as easy as making a gluten-free apple crisp, is just as simple. Butter, which is traditionally used in apple crisp, is swapped out for a dairy-free counterpart. I adore using a plant-based “butter” alternative such as Becel plant-based baking brick. Earth Balance, Melt, and Miyoko are also wonderful dairy-free butter alternatives. If in a pinch, coconut oil will also work but note that the apple crisp will carry a faint coconut taste.

My Gluten-Free Apple Crisp Secret

I have a secret. An easy gluten-free apple crisp secret. And I’m gonna let you in on it. It’s milk. Good old dairy-free milk. After the apples have been prepared and combined with the cinnamon, flour, and sugar and arranged on the bottom of the dish, I gently pour the milk over top. This secret step is going to keep the apples super juicy and make an apple-esque type gravy sauce in the bottom that practically oozes autumn apple yum.

Easy Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

It’s easy, warm, and so totally delicious. This gluten-free (and secretly vegan) apple crisp is everything that I adore about autumn. Slightly tart apples baked to perfection underneath a crisp buttery oat top that caramelizes around the edges as it bakes. I hope you love this easy gluten-free apple crisp as much as my family and I do. Make sure you let me know below in the comments if you give it a try!

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